Whether it was said in passing, as a joke, or with serious inquiry, President Trump has caused leftist outrage by reviving an idea for the United States to purchase Greenland.
Of course, liberals are screaming about insensitivity and other progressive nonsense, but the idea is not a new one.
In 1946, the U.S. offered to buy Greenland from Denmark for $100 million. However, the government of Denmark didn’t want to sell. Likewise, the U.S. Department of State looked into the buy way back in 1867.
Fox News reported:
President Trump has reportedly expressed interest in acquiring the northern island country of Greenland.
A new report from the Wall Street Journal reveals that Trump has asked his advisers whether the U.S. can acquire Greenland, an autonomous Danish territory, during “meetings, dinners, and passing conversations” because of Greenland’s “abundant resources and geopolitical importance,” according to White House sources.
While some of Trump’s advisers support the idea as a “good economic play,” others dismiss the inquiry as a “fleeting fascination that will never come to fruition.”
Coincidentally, the president will be making his first visit to Denmark next month, although the sources say the scheduled trip is completely unrelated.
Greenland, which has a population of roughly 56,000, has welcomed U.S. military personnel to its Thule Air Base as part of a treaty between the U.S. and Denmark that has been used by both U.S. Air Force Space Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and includes a ballistic missile radar station.
The Journal reports that advisers have said Trump sees purchasing Greenland as equivalent to the 1867 U.S. acquisition of Alaska. However, it remains unclear how the president would realistically pursue such a deal.
Trump floated the idea of buying Greenland at a dinner earlier this year after he was told that Denmark was having “financial trouble” with the ice-covered country, but a source suggested the president meant it as a joke.
“What do you guys think about that?” Trump reportedly asked the room, “Do you think it would work?”
Greenland real-estate agent Kenneth Mortensen told WSJ that no one can “own land” in his country since it is all owned by the government, although “you get a right to use the land where you want to build a house” without buying.
The White House did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.